Nicola Sturgeon statement LIVE: First Minister expected to announce phase three of lockdown easing

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Nicola Sturgeon is expected to announce phase three of lockdown easing.

Phase three will see indoor hospitality areas, dentist, hairdressers, museums and galleries reopen, with physical distancing in place.

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People will also be able to meet each other inside homes for the first time since March.

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The First Minister will be giving her statement at 12.20 pm today.

Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: Latest updates on Thursday

Key Events

  • Nicola Sturgeon is expected to announce phase three of lockdown today.
  • Lockdown measurements have eased for those who have been shielding
  • Restrictions are still in place for people travelling from Spain
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Jackson Carlaw questions decision to leave restrictions on Spain, and more specifically the Spanish islands.

FM said to Jackson Carlaw that he should remember this moment as a time where he believed that different parts of the same country should have different travel arrangements.

FM: Showed that data across Spain is more than 10 times higher.

FM: Travel restrictions were essential for Scotland being able to move into phase three. 

Jackson Carlaw expresses concern about parents being able to return to work and asks about state funded childcare.

FM: Inevitable and unavoidable consequences of covid, but Scot Gov will work hard to deliver.

FM: “I’ve tried to be straight about the challenges that we face” and will continue to keep the public updated. 

FM: 2m distancing remains the important and clear advice.

FM: Today marks the most significant milestone yet.

FM: “We will not hesitate to reimpose restrictions if we consider it necessary.”

FM: Ambition and intention of schools returning full time in August.

FM warns that phase three might last longer than three weeks given the scale of the changes.

Singing and chanting will not be allowed within the places of worship.

FM: After careful consideration, places of worship can open from July 15. Numbers will be limited.

Tourism sector including hotels can open from July 15 as long as physical distancing in place.

FM: Physical distancing is crucial

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